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Learning from a Judge and a Red Light

May 30th, 2017 Posted by Journey, Lightbulb Moments No Comment yet
I realise this blog is a little out of the ordinary for me, but I do believe that we can have lightbulb moments in the most unlikely of places. This day created such a lightbulb moment for me I have a new found respect and understanding of our court system, it was definitely worth the half a day.
In late Feb I was riding my scooter and I triggered a red light camera but I had actually stopped and I wasn’t going to go through the intersection. When I got the fine in the mail I went online and put in my appeal to get the fine reversed. However, the SDRO couldn’t do it. So we decided to appeal it in court. I am really happy that I did because I learnt so much.
Why go to court? Yes it’s $433, which is a lot less than Skeeve’s and my hourly rate together, in this case it wasn’t really about the money.  I had never been to court for anything before (aside from school excursions). So Skeeve said “there is no harm let’s give it a go, this is a great learning opportunity.” A great learning opportunity it was indeed, I really do have a newly found respect and understanding of the court system. In all honesty I didn’t think I really cared about my driving record until I realised it was totally clean after 9 years of driving and riding, I’d love my record to stay clean as long as possible.
When I walked into the court room I saw the Judge at the head back centre, she seemed to be in a good mood. Then in front of her were two clerks. One that didn’t leave her desk the whole time I was there and one guy who I was told was the the administration clerk, he did a lot of running around, co-ordination and handling of the tonne of paperwork.
I watched the judge handle about 15 cases before me, she seemed really fair, I don’t know why I was so shocked, judges are supposed to be fair. I have just watched too many movies and law shows. Very often, based on a driver’s history and the offence she would use her “discretion under section 10” to wave the fine and points.
The way my case got handled, I had to get up behind the mic two times, the first time was to plead “not guilty” and to ask to get a date to have my case heard. At that point the judge suggested I go to see one of the Duty Officers, that meaning there were two lawyers upstairs just sitting there waiting to answer people’s questions, for free. The Judge said I should go and see them before saying that I was not guilty because that is a lot harder than “pleading guilty with an excuse.” I ended up doing both which meant, I went to the next room and asked for a date for my “not guilty” case. Then, Skeeve and I went upstairs to double check with the Lawyers on Duty, in reality we were talking to two lawyers for 15mins, each of these lawyers would have been easily $500ph. This totally amazed me, I know that lawyers do pro-bono work but they were literally sitting there all day ready to help anyone who was going to be in court that day.
The lawyers upstairs really helped us because we went through my case and they helped us realise that I actually needed to go for the option of “pleading guilty with an excuse.” Even though I had set up the new date, it was totally fine, I went back to the second room, changed my plea and removed the previous date change. We then went back into the first room and said that I would now be changing my plea to guilty. Even better, the judge was happy to sort it out on the same day… after all of that. I was so shocked and humbled at this point, by the time I got up to see the judge again I was feeling like I deserved to pay the fine just to have this experience.
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When it was my turn to get up and give my excuse, the Judge got my case paperwork, she read through it very carefully then said “well you don’t need to say much your driving record speaks for itself.” That’s my cue so say as little as possible. So I explained that I had obviously stopped on my bike but I triggered the red light camera because I rolled over the line that was the start of the intersection. The Judge wanted to know why motorbikes needed to be at the front of the intersection, which I tried to explain in as little words as possible, that it is about safety etc. After 60 seconds of banter the Judge said I was a “marvellous driver” and that “we need more people like you on the roads.” The Judge used her discretion under section 10 to remove the penalty and the points, which means my license is still clean. With a warning that this only happens once every 10 years so I need to stick to the road rules. I said “Thank you Your Honour” and left.
Lessons I learnt from the Judge:
  • Be controlled and fair. Clearly it’s not good form for a Judge to get angry or flustered, this Judge nailed that code of conduct like she was born for the role.
  • Follow the process. There is a process for everything that happens in a court, they might be boring but they are there for a reason.
  • Not everyone knows what you know. The Judge was always happy to explain to any defendant things that were important or for their benefit. She never once assumed that we knew something or should have known something.
  • Being fair, doesn’t mean being a push over. The Judge was really fair all day, sometimes a case required enforcement and sometimes it needed leniency, she knew exactly what to do, the whole time. When the Judge needed to enforce the penalty she was kind and firm about it, when she was using her discretion under section 10 she was kind but she did want to know that you didn’t intend to just continue breaking the rules, you needed to know what you had done wrong and say you don’t intend to keep doing it.
  • Don’t loose your cool, ever. The poor Judge had to hear people talk when they didn’t need to, had to say the same thing over and over again and she was hearing about driving issues almost all day. I don’t know how she stayed so focused and calm all day.
  • Show respect. Everyone has titles, you need to use them. When you walk into or out of the court room you are supposed to give a small bow in sign of respect to The Commonwealth.
  • Stay on top of admin. From what I could see, about 40% of the Judge’s day was admin and specific case files, names and dates etc. All of this did seem to help though, the Judge always had the right paperwork and was always doing exactly what needed to be done, no more, no less.
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Using the HaloSport: Week 5

May 29th, 2017 Posted by BioHacker, FitTech No Comment yet
I was struggling to focus this week, my body was going through all the motions but I was fairly tired after a big weekend of work at the Faqtory and filming with The Today Show on Monday morning so I was finding it difficult to get back into the groove of things when I started my workout week on Tuesday. All this considered, I was still going well in terms of process and activation of muscle groups. I also added in a couple of new exercises that I had picked up in my research.
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Looking back on my results this week, I’m actually doing really well. Next week I go back to 15 reps so that I can make an accurate comparison and I should have some real data to update you with. Though, regardless of weight increases, I know that I am activating and fatiguing the right muscle groups faster than ever so I’m really happy with that.
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For example, I used to get really stuck with anything to do with shoulders and back because I’ve never really done this kind of training before. So, lateral raises, rear delt flyes, single arm rows, lat pull downs etc, have proven to be really tricky for me. My traps have always been overactive and I would fatigue my forearms before I can finish my back workout.
With my increased ability to activate the specific muscle groups I can only assume that the Halo Sport is really helping me/my muscles to learn these new (to me) targeted exercises. When I first started learning these movements I was all about just getting the weight from A to B… I found the really specified exercises really hard because I had to decrease the weight so much to get them right. Brutal honesty time, my ego was hurt pretty bad in my initial workouts with Alex before it sunk in that it is not about how much weight you move it’s about fatiguing the right muscle groups without injury.

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During the week I came up with a new analogy, I feel like the karate kid just needed the Halo Sport… then he wouldn’t have had to paint Mr Miyagi’s whole fence or waxed his car 100 times. He would have learnt how to do the movements that Mr Miyagi’s was trying to teach him in a fraction of the time. Of course we all have the ability to learn and grow our muscle memory, however, if I can increase my ability to learn these new movements my workouts will be a lot more efficient.

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I was giving myself a bit of a hard time this week, because I really wasn’t ‘into’ my workouts. Turns out I was just getting sick, I got so sick I had to skip leg day this week. Normally when I get the flu I do prefer to push myself through, keep moving etc. This flu has been a bit different, I had really bad joint pain, fever and dizziness… so my leg workout just wasn’t going to happen. Which is sad because leg day is my favourite day of the week.
So in summary:
  • The Halo Sport seems to be very helpful in my learning of new targeted movements
  • Nothing fixes a bad flu like some quality rest

Also from this week, don’t forget… #MakeShantiPinkPrimers

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Using the HaloSport: Week 4

May 22nd, 2017 Posted by BioHacker, FitTech No Comment yet

This has been another great training week, it has ended with me sore in the places I’m supposed to be but without any unnecessary aches. During my workouts this week I’ve gone from 15 reps to 10 reps and trying to focus on power and increasing the weights in each lift, having slow and steady eccentric with explosive concentric.

In my back session I finally found and activated my rear delts, which I have never been able to do before. When I did shoulders I was able to really fatigue them without activating traps or aggravating my scapular which has been an issue for me. My mum came and worked out with me when I was doing chest, so I wasn’t focused, so my chest session wasn’t awesome but I’m ok with that. Friday was leg day… and leg day happened with vengeance, my TVA / lower back was feeling a bit weak so I didn’t want to add extra weight. So it was all body weight exercises, then I did lunges the full length of my complex carpark. I have spent 1.5 hours doing a leg workout before this week I was totally done in 50 mins. Very efficient leg day, focused & with no back pain, during the session or the next day.

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Before my leg workout I made a video which you can checkout here…

This week has been great, I’m really feeling the benifits of my workouts. I can really feel my legs and my shoulders. I’m already looking forward to next week’s workouts… I’m really curious at how this will progress, will there be a point where my brain gets exhausted and I feel the need to calm down on the stimulation, or will I be fine to just keep going?

 

In the last few days I’ve been talking about things I’m trying other than Halo FB Live link http://bit.ly/sbkfbnat Blog Post: http://bit.ly/sbknat. At the moment my pre-workout stack is: caffeine, Halo, Modafinil + pre-workout. This may sound like a lot but the only things that make this different to other pre-workouts are the Halo and Modafinil. At the moment this is working really well for me. Though, the biohacker in me isn’t completely satisfied with this, I want to know exactly what supplements I’m taking are making the most difference.

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The answer to, “what is all this actually doing for me?” Is of course… a experiment. So the plan is to do a mini study/experiment on myself… its going to look a little something like this – (4-6 week phases with documented food etc) natural, no caffeine just BCAAs. The next cycle add Halo + caffeine, then, Halo + Modafinil, then, Halo + full pre-workout, and finally, everything together. The workouts will be standardised but variable enough that I can increase weights or take out the weight like I had to do this Friday etc. Initially, this will be to share from my own experiences and to see what all this is doing… if anything.

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At the moment I’m gathering as much data as possible so that I know what data I really need to collect when this all gets more serious. I currently have a FitBit to measure daily activity and a special heart rate monitor for my workouts, with this tech I currently track heart rate, time, reps, weights, sleep quality and hours, food, mood and perceived levels of focus etc. Of course as I get more tech I’ll be adding it to this mix, soon to be in are the Athos https://www.liveathos.com/ & Hexoskin https://www.hexoskin.com/ to monitor muscle exertion and activation.

 

In summary, after using the HaloSport for a month I can say I’m really liking my results so far. I’m really looking forward to seeing how I go over the next four weeks.
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Nootropics and Training

May 14th, 2017 Posted by BioHacker, FitTech No Comment yet

Why would I use a “brain stimulant” to help enhance physical training? Well, if you have ever had an early morning or 3pm PT or bootcamp session you have probably also used a nootropic… have you ever had a coffee to give you a bit of “pep” for exercise or something physical you needed to do? Well, you are actually also using a nootropic. Caffeine is a stimulant that increases the levels of energy and happy chemicals in the brain. 

 

Having more energy for an exercise session is great, but there is also one other important thing that can get overlooked sometimes. That is the brain’s ability to connect to the body and different muscle groups which is crucial for quality training. My goal is always efficiency, I do enjoy training, I like being strong and learning physical things. But, I don’t want to spend 6-10 hours in the gym in a week, I also don’t want to cause my body excessive injury or stress because I have a life… I’m not a fitness professional, my various roles within my companies require my brain and energy.

 

Introducing nootropics and technology that can help you get that mind to muscle connection happening faster sounds to me like a really smart/effient move to make. So that’s exactly what I do, at different times I have used caffeine or modafinil or simple carbohydrates etc pre-workout to increase energy and ability to focus. Now I’m stepping it up to a whole new level, my goal is to maximise efficiency, so I give everything I have in my workouts because I only have four a week. I am now taking caffeine, modafinil and using the HaloSport pre-workout, to increase my energy, focus, increase the mind to muscle connection and ability to completely fatigue each muscle group.

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I’ve just completed week three of training like this and it is going really well for me. I’m very focused in my workouts, I’m able to switch in and out of workout mode quickly and my muscles are fatiguing effectively and efficiently. I’m not totally exhausted by the end of the week but I know that I have done some hard work.

 

I will be researching and writing more on the topic of nootropics, for now I’m wanting to know more about the importance of mind to muscle connection for myself and my training.

Things I know so far:

  • I have better workouts when I can focus and switch in and out of workout mode faster
  • When I take a systemised approach to anything I get better results
  • Having a highly focused brain makes my workouts more efficient
  • Helping my brain wake up faster means I’m able to train hard and smart even in the early morning
  • When I put a lot of effort in pre-workout I have to do my workout and I have to give it my all


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Using The HaloSport: Week 3

May 14th, 2017 Posted by FitTech, Journey No Comment yet
This week has been a really good week for my training, I’ve had two really good active recovery sessions, and four great workouts, the workouts have been focused and efficient.

 

This week on Tuesday and Wednesday I had early morning starts so I had to get up even earlier to fit in my workout. Normally I would have just slept and made up for the workouts later in the week. But because I’m trying to keep these weeks consistent for the data I’m collecting I had more motivation to get up and get the workouts done.
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I have noticed that my form and muscle activation is getting a lot better, I am consistently activating the right muscles in the first set of my workout, even though I’m training first thing in the morning. All of my four workouts have been focused and achieved the muscle fatigue that was needed. Again, my back session was good, two weeks in a row with a good back workout is amazing for me. I’ve been splitting muscle groups for 5 months prior to using the Halo, back has always been the hardest because it feels so much harder to activate the right muscles. Now, I’m finding it so much easier to activate the right muscles within my back and make sure my traps aren’t being overactive. My traps, what I call my everyday stress muscles, are always overactive because I sit and am usually more stressed than I need to be during my day. So I have previously had to stop back and shoulder workouts because I just couldn’t relax my traps and focus on the right muscle groups. In comparison, my last couple of weeks have been a dream.

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I have also noticed that when I used the Halo with my active recovery session that they were a lot more efficient, I was able to activate my core and stretch a lot better. I’ve learnt from a lot of my own pain that when I don’t have these sessions the rest of my body hurts a lot more. My inner core muscle activation is really important to support all the sitting I do.
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The last couple of weeks I’ve been seeing articles with more and more sports teams using the Halo… even one of our teams has said they are using and loving it. (The Australian – Roos use brain wear) It’s great to see athletes using this kind of technology to help get the best out of their bodies… helping your brain do what it does better. Unlocking your own true potential, its absolutely amazing.

 

I also made a video about why I started using the HaloShanti Facebook Live – Why I use the HaloSport.


In summary, I’m not an athlete, it’s not even my job to be fit, strong or look a certain way, I am doing it because I’m a biohacker and I want to get the most out of my body. I am using the HaloSport because it’s not my job to be fit, strong or look a certain way, so, I want my time in the gym to be efficient and regular. I get a lot out of going to the gym, the physical benefits are great but for me it is crucial to mental health, stress and energy management, it is also my alone time, I could go on. So I do love that time, but when you have to spend 6-10 hours in the gym it is the first thing to get compromised. When all I need is 4 really good workouts, it is hard to “put that off” or say “I just don’t have time.”

I’m a entrepreneur, speaker, biohacker, mentor, budding author, wife, friend etc etc… I need my time to be spent efficiently.
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Halo Week 2

May 7th, 2017 Posted by FitTech, Journey No Comment yet
My workouts this week have been very effective. As I said last week I changed from a 6 day split to a 4 day split. In this training method you only hit each muscle group once a week so they have a week to recover. It does mean that you really meed to hit each session with purpose and really fatigue each group – the principle being,  if you are going to have a week to recover you should earn it – my words.

 

Current split
  1. Chest/Biceps
  2. Back
  3. Shoulders/Triceps
  4. Legs
I also do a bit of core & cardio each day, mostly during my training sessions.

 

I don’t feel as drained as last week, feel sore but I don’t feel as fried. Which is great. Feeling accomplished = awesome… feeling overwhelmed and exhausted – not a good way to end a week. I also don’t feel like I was particularly strong this week, but I very effectively fatigued each muscle group with only one workout each. Which is the whole point of this type of training. I’m feeling that the Halo is helping each rep/set be more focused and powerful. Some exercises I have had to go down in the weight but the correct muscle groups are firing so even though the weight is less the exercise is more effective.

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I have started some core and posture work which I have been doing a lot of during the 20mins of HaloNeuro priming time. The guys at Halo say you should be warming up in those 20mins, however I’m finding, that if I do anything with too much movement in those 20mins I get the “poor contact” warnings, this ends up really stretching out that time, so I try to minimise major movement at that time. I have had one morning where the 20mins of Neuro Priming was perfect with no delays, one morning out of 10. So there is obviously a lack I have to get down, and it probably has something to do with how wet you get the sensors.

 

My plan is to use this week and next week as a base with weights and reps data, then results will follow from there. I am tracking every rep, set and weight, along with extra data like hours of sleep, if I had caffeine, Modafinil and how I’m eating. 3 Weeks ago I started using a much more detailed tracking spreadsheet for my workouts, which always makes me excited because I’m a geek. I am also using these couple of weeks to focus on form, not just moving the weight from A to B so that is helping with the overall outcome of my training. My food was about 80% tracked this week… I’m looking to get more on top of that because that data is important in terms of training output and abilities.

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For any concerns you may have, I am being closely monitored and guided by my coach and friend Aleksa Milosevic. We are both into bio hacking, and being able to be both mentally and physically ready for anything. I’ve also had good chats with my doctor, who is always excited with this sort of stuff, but of course also wants to make sure I take good care of myself.

 

This was our initial thoughts on the Halo after our first session using it. For more information on the Halo Sport, head to their website.